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					                 Information on Pandemic Flu
A pandemic is a global disease outbreak. An influenza (flu) pandemic occurs
when a new influenza virus:
• Emerges that people have never experienced before

• Begins to cause serious illness in humans

• Spreads easily person-to-person worldwide


Reducing Your Risk
Protect yourself from flu by taking the same steps you
would to guard yourself against colds and other
viruses.
• Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you
   sneeze or cough
• Wash your hands with soap and water frequently throughout the day, es-
   pecially after coughing or sneezing. Do not rub eyes, mouth or nose and
   wash hands before touching them
• Stay home from work or school when you are ill

• If there is flu in your area, avoid crowded and poorly ventilated public
   areas
• If you experience flu symptoms, consult a doctor and stay at home


What can you do to be prepared?
If pandemic flu occurs be prepared to shelter in place for at least two weeks.
In addition to a Disaster Preparedness Kit, you will want to include basic
medical supplies such as a thermometer, pain and fever reducing medica-
tion, tissues and surgical masks.

More information can be found at:
                     http://www.aclink.org/publichealth/
                     http://www.cdc.gov/flu/pandemic/
                        http://www.pandemicflu.gov/
                                 Or by calling the

          Atlantic County Division of Public Health at 609-645-5935